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Tributes: Herbert A. Davidson

Published: May 7, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Herbert A. Davidson (1932-2021), Professor Emeritus of Hebrew. Information about the funeral arrangements can be found at herbertadavidson.com. The department owes Dr. Davidson a great debt, and offer our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.   I was…

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The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim: New Book by Dr. Katherine Burke

Published: April 22, 2021

The Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department is proud to announce the publication of The Sheikh’s House at Quseir al-Qadim: Documenting a Thirteenth-Century Red Sea Port By Katherine Strange Burke, with contributions by Steven M. Goodman and Wilma Wetterstrom (Oriental Institute Publications 144, 2021). This study of a thirteenth-century dwelling on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast…

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Dr. Michael Cooperson Wins Sheikh Zayed Award

Published: April 22, 2021

The Near Eastern Language and Cultures Department is thrilled to announce that our own Dr. Michael Cooperson has just won the 2020/21 Sheikh Zayed Award Translation Prize for his Arabic to English translation of Impostures by Al-Hariri. The Sheikh Zayed Awards are the most prestigious and lucrative awards in Arabic literature: winners of the translation category…

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Dr. Cate Bonesho Awarded Frankel Institute 2021-22 Fellowship

Published: April 22, 2021

Catherine Bonesho has received one of the fellowships from the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan related to the study of Diversity in Second Temple Judaism for the 2021-2022 academic year. During the fellowship, she will work on her second book project, entitled “Kings, Queens, and Caesars: Gentile Rulers in Early…

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Michael Cooperson’s Impostures (2020)

Published: April 7, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the success of our Dr. Michael Cooperson’s recent book, Impostures (NYU Press 2020). A groundbreaking translation of a celebrated work of Arabic literatures, Impostures follows the roguish Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī in his adventures around the medieval Middle East. Since its publication, Impostures has…

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Hebrew Language Lecturer

Published: February 3, 2021

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA is seeking a part-time Lecturer to teach six courses of Hebrew Language (Elementary and Intermediate) during the 2021-2022 academic year, which begins July 1, 2021. The candidate must have experience teaching Hebrew language courses at the university level and have a Ph.D. in Near Eastern…

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Dr. Luke Yarbrough Short-Listed for 2020 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize

Published: November 30, 2020

We are proud to announce that Dr. Luke Yarbrough has been awarded one of the two runner up prizes in this year’s British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for his recent book, Friends of the Emir: Non-Muslim State Officials in Premodern Islamic Thought (Cambridge University Press). All are invited to attend the Award Ceremony on December…

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Memorial: Norma Kershaw

Published: September 22, 2020

The UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures is saddened to announce the passing of Norma Kershaw, prominent scholar, educator, and philanthropist in the fields of archaeology and cultural studies. Norma died peacefully this week at the age of 95 after a long and rich life. She earned her BA later in life, in…

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Now on Offer: Elementary Turkish

Published: July 27, 2020

Register now for Elementary Turkish! TURKIC 101A – Elementary Turkish MW 10:00-11:50am, F 10:00-10:50am Location @ Zoom For more information, contact Dr. Beyza Lorenz at blorenz@humnet.ucla.edu This elementary-level Turkish course is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the language and who wish to learn the fundamentals of the modern Turkish language using…

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